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Free Halloween themed Children’s Concerts

Featuring the Conejo Valley Youth Preparatory Orchestra, Invasion from Outer Space, is a fun filled, Halloween themed concert, perfect to expose young people to instruments and symphonic music in a light-hearted way! Children are invited to join in the costume parade, play along with the orchestra, conduct and Trick-or-Treat the Orchestra. There are two performances […]

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The Money Savvy Mommy: How to Put Yourself on a Spending Timeout

by Mira Reverente If you’re like me, we’re mid-way through January and you’re still recovering from the holidays. Not only did the bread pudding and the breadsticks (see a pattern here?) take a toll on my mostly healthy eating and fitness habits, my pocketbook was not too happy with me either. My spending wasn’t out-of-control […]

We all do need to get those holiday presents at some point, but we need not go crazy and stressed.

The Money Savvy Mommy: How to Stay Above the Holiday Shopping Madness

by Mira Reverente Black Friday has come and gone and so has Cyber Monday. Do you still feel overwhelmed with your shopping and holiday lists? Perhaps a bit over-stimulated with all the ads, fliers and catalogs all vying for your attention? It is inescapable. We all do need to get those holiday presents at some point, […]

Dramatic readings of Edgar Allan Poe’s works and other surprises at a free event!

‘Fright Night’ to Celebrate Halloween in a Terrifying New Way

(The following is from a press release) Spotlight The Arts Foundation presents dramatic readings of Edgar Allan Poe’s works and other surprises at a free event on Sunday, October 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. A week before Halloween, author, actor, poet, director, and playwright Peter Hayes Brothers directs performances to captivate you by talented thespians of the […]

Grand Marshal Butch Hartman welcomes the crowd along with sidekicks Noog Dood and Red Noog.

Reyes Adobe Days Features History, Family Fun and ‘Noogs’

“Noogs” were a main attraction at the 2016 Reyes Adobe Days this past weekend in Agoura Hills. The brain-child of this year’s Grand Marshal Butch Hartman, Noogs are the funny-looking stars of his Noog Network app for kids. Hartman–creator of the Nickelodeon series the Fairly Oddparents, Danny Phantom and Tuff Puppy–thought the characters would provide interactive fun […]

A young fan poses with Tracy Lee Stum's rendering of the Machu Picchu.

13th Annual Thousand Oaks Arts Fest Delights and Entertains

by Mira Reverente Performances, vendors and visual artists entertained crowds at the 13th annual Thousand Oaks Arts Festival held at The Lakes in Thousand Oaks. Over 50 visual artists in the fields of photography, watercolor, oils, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, pastels and street painting exhibited their latest works and performed demos. World-renowned sculptor Delesprie was […]

On the main stage, Hartman creates a drawing for lucky audience member, Isabelle.

‘Fairly OddParents’ Creator, Chalk Artist to Headline 2016 Reyes Adobe Days

Butch Hartman–the creator of Nickelodeon’s Fairly OddParents, Tough Puppy and Danny Phantom–and chalk artist Tracy Lee Stum, will be the grand marshall and featured artist, respectively, at the 12th annual Reyes Adobe Days (RAD), Oct. 6-9 in Agoura Hills. Hartman, who will premier Bunsen is a Beast on Nickelodeon in 2017, recently designed the Noog Network app and […]

The Carnival For Las Virgenes Schools to Offer Fun For the Whole Family

The Carnival For Las Virgenes Schools to Offer Fun For the Whole Family

The Foundation for Las Virgenes Schools is once again hosting their Back to School Carnival next month in Agoura Hills, bringing three days of family fun and entertainment to the community. The event will take place at Whizin Market Square (28914 Roadside Drive) September 9-11. Admission to the event is free and proceeds will benefit the local schools. “Over […]

Creative Hearts Ensemble Performs Beautiful Music at Miller YMCA

Creative Hearts Ensemble Performs Beautiful Music at Miller YMCA

(The following is from a press release) A small group of novice (and some professional) singers are making beautiful music at the Miller Family YMCA of Newbury Park. “Creative Hearts Ensemble,” a group made up of over a dozen singers and musicians, meets every Monday to practice their craft and prepare for performances. The ensemble […]

Courtesy: Laura Moss

Where to View Fireworks in the Conejo Valley This Weekend

Wondering where to take in the Fourth of July fireworks this weekend? It’s always a good idea to plan ahead, especially if you’re taking the whole family. Here’s our guide to this local fireworks displays: Moorpark Friday, July 3: The City of Moorpark presents its 3rd of July Fireworks Extravaganza on Sunday, July 3rd (yes…the day […]